William Gadoury is a 15-year-old Mayan studies enthusiast from Quebec, who recently made headlines worldwide for discovering one of the largest forgotten Mayan cities buried deep in the jungles of Belize.
He’s not an explorer and he’s never been in the Belize jungle. Instead, the brainy teen found the city by utilizing an ingenious technique.
He used a star map of important Mayan constellations, and placed it over top of a map of important Mayan cities, and astonishingly, the two maps lined up.
The Mayan cities appeared to have been built following the same pattern as the star constellations, making the Mayan civilization even more sophisticated than previously thought. As told by the Examiner, Gadoury explained in Journal de Montréal:
“I did not understand why the Maya built their cities away from rivers, on marginal lands and in the mountains, […] They had to have another reason, and as they worshiped the stars, the idea came to me….”
But one star in Gadoury’s star map did not match any Mayan city.
So he started to investigate the possibility of a forgotten city at the spot corresponding to the star map, and began searching for it via Google Earth. He also contacted the Canadian Space Agency who provided him with satellite maps.
As the forest in this particular area had been devastated by fire in 2005, this also made the Mayan ruins more visible to satellite photographs. Analyses did indeed reveal a pyramid and thirty buildings at the precise location identified by Gadoury.
Not only had he managed to discover a previously unknown Mayan city, but it also turned out to be one of the five largest on record.
William Gadoury has named the Mayan city K’AAK ‘CHI which means “Fire Mouth.”
Archaeologists have promised him to bring him to their excavations, once enough money is raised to start the project. This would be his greatest dream:
“It would be the culmination of my three years of work and the dream of my life.”
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